Going into Friday morning, there was an optimistic atmosphere surrounding NBA labor talks. Unfortunately, talks broke off Friday evening and all NBA games through November 30th have now been canceled.
NBA commissioner David Stern, who had been optimistic at the possibility of still salvaging an 82-game season just a week ago, has now stated, “It’s not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now. We held out that joint hope together, but in light of the breakdown of talks, there will not be a full NBA season under any circumstances. I say that with apologies to the municipalities in which we play our games, to the workers who earn their living in our buildings, and from businesses around the buildings.”
So now that it appears that any NBA season will be at most a shortened season, it's time to analyze the effects it will have on teams. Many teams will benefit from a shortened season for a number of reasons. The performance of these teams in a shortened season can be effected by a number of factors, including age, depth and chemistry among others. These are seven teams that will benefit from a shortened NBA season.